VANCOUVER – Kenyan authorities have charged a 54-year-old mortuary attendant with stealing valuables from the bodies of victims from last month’s Westgate Mall attack.
According to Kenyan news outlet The Nation, police accused Rose Oyungu of stealing jewelry and mobile phones from Mbugu Mwangi — the nephew of Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta — and his fiancee Rose Wahito.
The thefts amount to 340,000 Kenyan shillings, or CAD$4,180.00.
Oyungu, a widowed mother of six, has denied the claims.
The court released the woman on bail until a hearing on Nov. 25.
Kenyan officials are also facing criticism over thefts that took place at the Westgate Mall after the military entered. During the attack, al-Shabab militants killed 67 people, including two Canadians.
Kenyan officials have said the allegations are bogus and that the troops were “carrying water in shopping bags and not looted goods,” according to The Nation.
Kenya’s police chief David Kimaiyo warned media not to “provoke propaganda.”